Lone Star Triathlon Festival - Half Iron Relay - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Galveston, Texas
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 4h 51m 28s
Overall Rank = 3/8
Age Group = Relay Mixed
Age Group Rank = 3/8
Pre-race routine:

Great BT weekend, finally got to meet Ron, Marmadaddy, Coredump, Whizz, jcagg90, dodgersmom, Coach AJ, Big Red, foolproof, jkron and houston tri momma, and to get reaquainted with Derek and Laurie, Aaron, Celeste, Bill, Holly and Hannah, Luke and Kylie, Joe and Bonnie, David and Beth and whoever I forgot.

We checked into the BT house on Friday, then went to packet pickup where we met Ron and a bunch of the BTers. Went from there to the pasta party (very mediocre food), then back to the beachhouse. Lights out at 10, and I passed out until 4:15 in the morning, right before the alarm was to go off.

Our assignment for Saturday was to set up and man the water station on the run for the sprint. Took us a while to figure everything out, but we had some old pros with us and managed quite capably. Only got cited for one violation when we used What-a-Burger cups for the Gatorade, evidently that was a big no-no. Everything went well until about half the pack passed us, then the skies opened up. Pretty soon we were in the street with water nearly to our knees, soaked to the gills. We had a cool breeze blowing as well, every one tried some form of bundling up, coredump even put on his wetsuit. Fun stuff.

After the last participant passed, we packed it up and headed back to the beachhouse for a quick lunch. That afternoon Janice (foolproof) and I sat in the USAT certification clinic. In the evening, Bill cooked pasta and sauce for a bunch of us, again we were in bed and asleep for 10.

Morning of the race I was up around 4:15 again, coffee and bagels, shower and dressed. We were out the door for 6:30, but didn't make transition until nearly 7. Had to do a quick set-up, hit the portapotty, then ran down to the swim start to find Bill so I could see what he could tell me about the relay exchange. Soon they called his wave, so I hauled butt back to transition to do some last minute things before they closed it.
Event warmup:

Running from transition to swim start and back again.Had a nervous wait for Bill to finish, went to the portapotty four times while I was waiting. When the relay swimmers started coming in, I stopped portapottying because I was scared I would be in there when Bill got to the exchange.
  • 37m 42s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 47s / 100 yards

While Bill swam, I waited in the relay exchange area with the ten other cyclists. First relay swimmer came in at 27:39, a smokin' 1:29 per hundred pace. The second came in at 32:02 (1:40 pace)and handed off to a pudgy girl wearing a Camelback. The guy next to me said, "I'm going to be embarassed if I can't catch her." Pretty mean, but a similar thought crossed my mind as well, I was just too nice a person to say so.;)

Bill had a great swim, was the fifth relay swimmer out at 37:42 (1:57 pace) and humped it up the beach so quickly that he garnered medical attention. ;)

Read his race report here: http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/forums/thread-view.asp...

Transition 1
  • 01m 17s

I was waiting with helmet and glasses on.The bike exit was directly catercorner from the relay exchange, so that I had to run the entire length and width of the huge transition area with the bike. I wanted to wear socks but felt it was too far to run in my cleats so chose to run in my socks and leave the shoes on the bike. Worked out pretty good.

Got the chip from Bill, then quickly unracked my bike and sprinted the perimeter of the transition area to the mount line. Screwed up a little , missed the shoe on the first mount attempt and jammed and cut my toe on the concrete. Recovered quickly and mounted correctly, got up to speed quickly and into the shoes, then we were off.
What would you do differently?:

Hit the mount perfectly, though I couldn't have lost five seconds by hitting it wrong. We were the fastest relay transition by 12 seconds.
  • 2h 38m 24s
  • 56 miles
  • 21.21 mile/hr

Started passing lots of people on the roads out, by the time I got to Seawall I had fairly well found my niche, where the riders ahead of me were staying there, with only an occasional passer or passee.

Settled in and focused on HR. Not even sure how exactly to pace this distance, but I decided to stay in Zone 3(136-142bpm) for the first three 14-mile legs, then blow it out on the fourth and final. Since the wind was blowing almost directly against us on the way out, that translated to 17-19mph on the first stretch.

Played "pass me, pass you" with three other guys on the way out, very careful of potential penalties since Janice (Cat 4 USAT official!) was following along on the motorcycle with her notebook and pen in hand. Sipped my three-hour bottle of Perpetuem, but realized about a half-hour in that I had lost my gel flask.

After the turnaround it was a different, happier story, with the wind behind us we were able to maintain minimum speeds around 25-27mph. Got back to Moody Gardens, rode the crappy roads into transition, where we had to turnaround and do it again.

By the second loop, the quarter-iron participants were on the course. Must have passed 200 people on the way out, seemed like many of them were doing 12-15 mph while I struggled to average 18. I quicky tired of saying "on your left" and started telling them "good job," "way to go," "hang in there" and other words of encouragement instead. Seemed to work just as well, and I got a lot of "Thank Yous" in return.

Near the turnaround, another USAT official/trainee passed me while I was passing one rider and being passed by another. She was writing furiously, so I hoped it wasn't me she was penalizing. I really didn't see how she could call a penalty on anyone at that point, with so many riders of varying speeds jammed onto the shoulder. Regardless, it gave me something to stew over until the turnaround.

Going into the final leg, I knew there was no reason to save anything as I had no run to do after I finished, so I opened it up. Don't think I fell below 26 mph for the 12 miles on Seawall, spent a good bit of time around 30. Saw John (jcagg90) on the roadside, found out later he flatted and was done for the day, but he gave me an enthusiastic "Go, bear!" as I passed. Got the same from Luke when I passed him later, managed to give him a thumbs up as well. Passed a lot of people, but also got blasted on two occasions by young guys who must have been exceeding 35mph. This leg was a ton of fun, made the struggle going out worthwhile.

Turned into the road going to Moody Gardens and got hit by the crosswind, still was able to maintain 22+ on the straights. Very congested with all the quarter-ironers, so I used caution on the corners. Got to the no-passing stretch behind a slower guy, hollered "Go, man, go!" He glanced behind at me, then picked it up nicely. I passed him after that stretch and he apologized, I said, " No problem, you did great!" From that point it was <1/2 mile to transition, so I got on top of my shoes and held my speed as long as possible.

Splits(each 14 miles):

Loop #1, out: 44:57, 18.7mph, 139bpm
Loop #1, in : 33:49, 24.8mph, 136bpm
Loop #2, out: 47:01, 17.9mph, 141bpm
Loop #2, in : 32:35, 25.8mph, 145bpm
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Maybe as I get more familiar with the distance I can maintain a harder pace earlier, but this was a solid fun ride for me in this wind.

I know it's not fair to compare since I only did the bike, but looking at my age-group results, only one of my age groupers had a faster bike time than I, and he was the AG winner. Only one other (out of 25 finishers) broke the 20mph average. So, yeah, my 21.2 was solid.

Transition 2
  • 00m 47s

Perfect dismount, moving close to 10mph when I jumped off the bike running. Sprinted around the transition area, passed my spot by a few and had to go back to rack my bike. Met Jackie in the exchange area. She fumbled with the strap a while but got it on and took off.
What would you do differently?:

Don't miss my rack spot. Also, I should have handled the chip for Jackie, as she was mostly unfamiliar with it. Still, that might have cost us a few seconds at the most, so no big deal. Among the relay teams we had the second fastest T2, by only six seconds.
  • 1h 33m 15s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 07s  min/mile

This was Jackie's first half marathon and she torched it. As a 5Ker new to the distance, she ran an ~18-minute 5K, followed by a 10-mile cooldown. ;) Great performance by the young lady. Bill says when she gets the hang of swimming she is going to be Kona material.
Post race
Warm down:

After handing off to Jackie, I went scarfed down some food then hung around the finish line watching BTers and others come in. When Jackie finished, we saw we were third, so Bill and I (and Holly and Hannah and Angel) waited around for the award ceremony. Unfortunately, we neglected to read the website where it said only first-place relay teams would get awards. :( Still, we got our names called and represented BT on the podium, even if we didn't get the hardware.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The wind? That, and I'm still carrying an extra ten or so pounds, just getting started with bike training, and so on. Still, it was a good early season ride.

Event comments:

Good, well-organized race, huge endeavor to have three races over two days, yet I still think it's overpriced, at least 50% higher than comparable area HIMs that I've seen. And would it have hurt to have spend another $5 for 2nd and 3rd place relay team awards?

Great weekend with all the BTers around! Pictures above show Jackie running, couldn;t find any of Bill. Also the grou0p shot is before the Pasta Party Friday night, L-R jcagg90, davidb, tri_mommy, tri_it_cajun_style, DerekL, mama bear, me, whizzzz, and coredump

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Last updated: 2007-04-02 12:00 AM
00:37:42 | 2112 yards | 01m 47s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/8
Overall: 0/8
Performance: Good
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:17
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Below average
02:38:24 | 56 miles | 21.21 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/8
Overall: 0/8
Performance: Good
Wind 16 mph with gusts, coming out of the SSW.
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Course took a winding route out of Moody Gardens, at least five right-angle turns on terrible roads, a good quarter-mile on a skinny section ruled no-passing by the RD, then the entire length of 83rd Street. After nearly two miles of these bad roads you finally get to Seawall Boulevard and head WSW on decent roads for another 12 miles to Silverleaf Resort, where you turn around and head back. Back at transition, the quarter-iron participants get to go do the run while the half-iron guys have to turn around and do it again.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:47
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
01:33:15 | 13.1 miles | 07m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/8
Overall: 0/8
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4